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October 2008, an updated lifecycle assessment study for disposable and reusable nappies, published by the Environment Agency, click here to download the 2008 report.

To view the Sustainability Report on Absorbent Hygiene Products click here

Quality of Life Briefing Paper on Absorbent Hygiene Products and Personal Care Wipes
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At a glance facts about disposable nappies


Benefits:
Convenient – compatible with modern lifestyles
Efficient – highly absorbent and styled to avoid leaks
Comfortable – ‘dry’ top sheet, flexible cuffs, etc.
Hygienic – disposed of once soiled
Economical – buy as needed, lowered prices
Help reduce chance of nappy rash
Wide choice of sizes and styles
Specific products designed to aid toilet training
Environment:
Similar overall environmental impact between disposable nappies and cloth nappies. Environment Agency UK LCA May 05
Manufacturers developing new technologies to reduce overall environmental profile further
Reduce need for energy, water and detergents used for laundering
Overall size of nappies reduced by around 40% in recent years – less raw materials, transport, packaging, waste to landfill, etc
Trees used to make nappies are grown as a crop in well managed forests
Process used to cleanse and purify wood does not involve elemental chlorine bleaching
Waste:
Around 80% of a used disposable nappy and its content are biodegradable
Disposable nappies are compatible with all prevalent forms of waste management, which include waste to energy and composting treatments